Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 11, 2003
Mayo Clinic Proceedings study finds little variance in survival
A long-term study of patients in Rochester, Minn., with the eating disorder anorexia nervosa found that their survival rates did not differ from the expected survival rates of others of the same age and sex.

Applied Biosystems announces $250,000 grant program for SNP genotyping studies
Applied Biosystems Group (NYSE:ABI), an Applera Corporation business, today announced a new grant program open to individuals, institutions and corporations conducting genotyping research using single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs).

Problems plague health networks
Integration in the health care industry during the past 15 years was supposed to usher in a new era of better service and lower costs, but health care administration experts say most integrated health networks have underperformed.

Crows alter their thieving behavior when dealing with kin or other birds
Researchers have found a species of crow that distinctly alters its behavior when attempting to steal food from another crow, depending whether or not the other bird is a relative.

Technical breakthroughs at giant Optical-Fiber Conference
Researchers will unveil the biggest breakthroughs in fiber optics at a major scientific meeting in Atlanta.

Researchers study women's risk of rape in military
Workplace factors, such as the behavior of superiors, were highly associated with military women's risk of sexual assault during their military service, according to a study by researchers at the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the University of Iowa.

Hand-portable device detects biological agents
A portable system for detecting biological agents has just gotten smaller.

$124 million for Cornell accelerator research
Cornell University will be awarded up to $124 million over the next five years by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support research at the Laboratory for Elementary-Particle Physics (LEPP) and the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS), a national user facility.

Gene that drives cells to commit suicide also plays key role in development of skeletal muscle
Investigators at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital have discovered that a protein causing mature cells to commit suicide also helps primitive muscle cells called myoblasts fuse together, allowing them to develop into muscles.

New UCSB earthquake study improves model, shows hazard to structures located near the fault
Thanks to recent advances in parallel computing, an interdisciplinary team of scientists at the University of California, Santa Barbara has discovered a peculiar and important aspect of how seismic waves are generated during an earthquake.

Baboon behavior offers clues in the all-too-human battle of the bulge
Lack of exercise - and not diet - causes obesity and diabetes among those who are predisposed to the conditions, suggests new research on wild baboons by Saint Louis University geriatricians published this month in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

Interferons effective against smallpox
Proteins produced by the immune system, known as interferons, may be an effective treatment for smallpox, say researchers today at the American Society for Microbiology's Biodefense Research Meeting.

Suicide prevention the focus of 36th conference of American Association of Suicidology April 22-26
Youth suicide among

Six-week, six-shot regimen fights hayfever for more than one season
Johns Hopkins researchers last year reported that an experimental treatment for severe ragweed allergy consisting of just six shots in six weeks dramatically reduced allergic symptoms such as runny nose, nasal congestion and sneezing, and nearly eliminated the need for relief medications like antihistamines and decongestants.

American Pain Society 22nd Annual Scientific Meeting 3/20-23/03 in Chicago
The 22nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pain Society will be held March 20-23, 2003 at the Hyett Regency in Chicago.

NPSF Patient Safety Congress looks at safety from nine points of view
On Mar. 12-15, at the Renaissance Washington D.C. Hotel, close to one thousand healthcare professionals from all over the U.S. and other countries, representing a variety of disciplines, will join the National Patient Safety Foundation in

UNC to test new assist device for failed livers
A new bio-artificial technology about to undergo clinical tests at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and several other centers nationally may help extend the lives of acute liver failure patients awaiting a donor liver and may even allow the damaged organ to heal itself completely.

Highlights of American Chemical Society meeting in New Orleans
More than 8,500 presentations on cutting-edge scientific research are on the agenda for the 225th national meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 23-27 in New Orleans.

Single dose oral smallpox drug shown effective in cowpox-infected mice
Two versions of an oral drug that halts the deadly action of smallpox and related orthopox viruses have been shown by researchers in Alabama and California to be effective in cowpox-infested mice, whether given three to five days before or two to three days after infection.

First step towards detecting exposure to biowarfare agents
Army researchers are laying the groundwork for what one day could be a test to identify individuals who have been exposed to biological agents.

Committee on Minority Affairs celebrates diversity during its 10th anniversary
Future plans for increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in the chemical profession will be on the agenda for the American Chemical Society's Committee on Minority Affairs during the committee's 10th anniversary activities at the Society's 225th national meeting in New Orleans, March 23-27.

Why driving behind an SUV is a dangerous place to be
A University of Central Florida traffic safety expert's research reveals a heightened risk of rear-end collisions for passenger cars that follow SUVs.
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